Staff

Sergiy Mykhaylov  – Artistic Director, Teacher.

Darya Fedotova  –  Artistic Director, Teacher.

1986-1993 Kiev State Choreographic College
1993-1997 National Ballet of Ukraine
During this time, Ms. Fedotova was a guest soloist with the Classical
Ballet of Paris.
1997-2001 Orlando Ballet under the artistic direction of Vasiliy Petruity and
Ferdinand Bujones.
2001-2008 Sarasota Ballet as a soloist under the direction of Robert de Warren
and Ian Webb. Guest artist with Cincinnati Orchestra, Orlando
City Ballet, Russian Ballet Academy
2010 Opened the School of Russian Ballet in Sarasota/Bradenton, FL with
her husband Sergiy Mykhaylov

Repertoire – Classical Ballet (Principal and Solo parts)

Swan Lake, Giselle, Dying Swan, Scheherazade, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Don Quixote, La Sylphide, La Bayadare, Le Corsair, Paquita, Raymonda, La Esmeralda, Herlequinade, Flame of Paris, Romeo and Juliete, La Vivandiere de Venise, La Fille Mal Gardee, Cinderella, Spartacus, Ballero, Walpurgis Night

George Balachine: Allegro,Concerto Barrocco
Sir Frederick Ashton: Façade, The Two Pigeons, and more
Michael Fokine: Les Sylphides, Petrushka
Sir Kenneth Macmillan: Elite
Roberts de Warren: Camellia, Firebird, Coppelia, Boutique Fantasque, Carmina Burana, Madame Butterfly, Eva Perone, A Midsummer’s Night Dream
Andre Prokovsky: Anna Karenina
Alexander Shnider: New York, New York
Vadim Fedotov: Cinderella, Snow White, Little Mermaid, Snow Queen, Romeo and Juliet, Wizzard of Oz, Hamlet, Westside Story
Fernando Bujones: Jazz Swing

Ms. Fedotova also worked as Ballet Master for Sarasota Ballet of Florida and taught and choreographed at Orlando Ballet School, Sarasota Ballet, Florida West Ballet, Orlando City Ballet, Russian Ballet Academy, Universal Performing Arts Center, and many more.

Darya comes from a prominent ballet family. Her maternal grandmother was a Principal Ballet Dancer in Kharkiev (previously the National Ballet of Ukraine). Her parents were Principal Dancers with the National ballet of Ukraine and are artistic directors at the Russian Ballet of Alafaya. Her sister is the artistic director of the Russian Academy of Orlando.

Currently, she and her husband, Sergiy Mykhaylov, are founders and artistic directors of their own classical company, School of Russian Ballet.

Sandra Roberts –  Manager

has been the Studio Administrator since its opening in 2010.  After teaching high school in Michigan for 23 years, she received a second Master’s Degree in Psychology and worked as a therapist for 14 years before moving to Florida in 2003 where she worked as an advocate for victims of domestic violence.

Sandra’s work in the studio consists of managing the office, working with performance venues, fundraising, and assisting the directors.  Having worked with children and adolescents her whole life, she considers her work at the studio a perfect fit and extremely rewarding.

Rebecca Anderson Kimsey Teacher
Rebecca was born in Texas and started taking ballet lessons at two years old. She later moved to Florida and joined the School of Russian Ballet as one of its first students in August 2010 when she was eleven years old.
She has been featured in principal/soloist roles such as the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella 2012, the Sea Witch in The Little Mermaid 2014, the Evil Queen in Snow White 2015, the Snow Queen in The Snow Queen 2016, the Sea Witch in The Little Mermaid 2017, the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz 2018, the Stepmother in Cinderella 2019 as well as many others.

Sabrina Benko

Sabrina is no stranger to the entertainment world as a Peter Sklar “Beginnings” graduate and apprentice. During her High School Years she traveled back and forth to NYC auditioning for multiple roles and performing in 2 off Broadway shows at the Douglas Fairbanks Theater. Awarded Maryland Distinguished Scholar in 1996, Sabrina was accepted with scholarship into the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. During her time at UArts, Sabrina dived into the methods of Graham, Limon, Horton all while continuing her education in Chechetti Ballet, Jazz technique, lyrical, tap, hip hop and her passion- Contemporary Dance. After a severe injury to her hamstring and back threatened her dance career Sabrina was forced to reevaluate a conservatory college and transfer to UB where she continued her studies of dance, but found new interests in Education Policy with a Bachelor of Arts degree. After college, she opened her studio outside of Washington DC where she effectively ran as sole studio director, choreographer, and owner. In that time, her studio expanded to 300 students where she again built another studio paying close attention to the esthetics, architecture, and materials to ensure a safe studio for the recreational dancer to the pre-professional to train. Sabrina’s enthusiasm and eye for choreography has been seen at the local, national and international level. Keynotes to include, but not limited to: 2010 PAE Kennedy Center Performance, 2012 London Olympics, and 2013 NYC Lincoln Center PAE Performance. Her students have been accepted into Bolshoi Summer Ballet, Joffrey Pre-Professional track, Joffrey Summer Intensive, DancerPalooza in Long Beach CA, and have placed in the top 10 at the Dancer Awards in Orlando 2016. Since selling her studio in September of 2016, Sabrina travels as a national judge adjudicating all levels and styles of dance, is a master teacher for dance studio in the Maryland/ DC area and continues to teach, collaborate and choreograph with artists who are willing to expand their knowledge and step out of their comfort

Patricia Strauss

Patricia Strauss’ performing, teaching and choreographic experiences range from classical ballet and Broadway musicals, to modern and jazz-ballet. Ms. Strauss has successfully produced and directed nationally for companies/shows and events. In addition, she has headed up and directed numerous programs for dance schools.

Ms. Strauss has performed with several prominent companies in which she was soloist and/or principal dancer. Those companies include Les Ballet-Jazz of Montreal, Minnesota Dance Company, Rondo Dance Theater, Joyce Trislers’ Dance Company, and Het-National Ballet of Holland’s Opera Ballet. She has also danced with the Alvin Ailey Apprentice Company, and was invited by Paul Taylor to understudy repertoire.

In addition to performing, Ms. Strauss has taught ballet with many major dance schools which include Ballet Orlando, Boston Ballet , Miami City Ballet ,Ballet Chicago Studio Company and Sarasota Ballet Pre-Professional Division.

In addition, she has been resident or guest teacher for the Lafayette Ballet, School of Richmond Ballet, New World School of the Arts, Walt Disney World, Audre Mendel & Jurgen Schneider’s Vaganova Seminar, Lake Michigan College, Urdang Academy of London, Sarasota Ballet, Ballet Eddy Toussaint, Ballet Florida, Harvard University and Harvard Ballet Company.

Ms. Strauss has taught professional company ballet classes for Maximum Dance Company in Miami, The Alvin Ailey Company in Boston and Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.), Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, Luna Negra in Chicago, Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater, Les Ballet Jazz of Montreal and Cirque de Soliel in Las Vegas, Ballet Hispanico and Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami.

Ms. Strauss has similarly and extensively choreographed for not only dance companies but for television, film, music video and musical theater. Moreover, she was the artistic director of her own company and school, L’Image, in Miami, Florida.

While residing in Boston Ms. Strauss was on faculty of Suffolk University, Emmanuel College, and Boston College as well as New College in Sarasota Florida.

Ms. Strauss was the creator and co- producer of the highly successful choreographic showcase in Boston, “Dance on The Top Floor”, which ran for 7 years receiving numerous articles and acclaimed reviews.

As resident choreographer for, Turtle Lane Playhouse in Massachusetts, she choreographed numerous musicals for them in the span of 9 years.

She has taught summer dance intensives in Virginia for former ABT (American Ballet Theatre) soloist, Keith Lee, Ballet East (West Palm Beach, Fl.) Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Dance Attack Miami, Chicago Ballet and Sarasota Ballet.

Ms. Strauss choreographed a music video for the rock group Tim Frietag from Switzerland using classical ballet as a style for the video.

Ms. Strauss was the Artistic Coordinator for the Miami Master Class Series hosting eminent teachers from around the United States and was featured in World Dance Magazine Florida as “SPOTLIGHT ON A TEACHER. In addition, wrote featured articles published in World Dance Magazine.

Miss Strauss choreographed “Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig” by author David Ira Rothenberg which was performed for many public and private schools.

Ms. Strauss is currently working on an original screenplay for a feature film titled “Knocking Doors”